Did I say how excited I was to find not one but two mid-century classics in one week? It's such a rarity here in the Southeast.
They're vintage mid-century pieces. And as such, were in need of some serious lovin'.
The chair got a major cleaning.
Hello sexy little swivel chair!
But the table? Well, thanks to a poorly done paint job, it was a whole other story.
Although neither were true originals, both were very well constructed replicas. That said, the table was definitely worthy of a little time, effort,+ tlc.
Underneath it's sad facade I could see the original white paint of the metal base and a peek of the walnut veneer top. It had me a bit excited! Could there be something like this beauty hiding below?
This part is so gratifying.
And underneath it all I was greeted with a chipped up base and a walnut laminate top that was faded and worn.
Okay, not the beauty above, but definitely still a keeper.
Since unveiling the original finish confirmed that the table wasn't a true original, I came up with a plan that added a little hint of glam - something an original never would have had but is totally appropriate for the piece.
A souvenire alligator head. Totally appropriate.
Well, that and a little strip of gold glitz on the rim. See, just a hint.
After stripping and sanding, I repainted the base in a soft white, applied a band of gilt to the rim, then conditioned the top to deepen the color and bring back some of the original sheen.
And here you are - another piece of mid-century awesomeness saved!
On a side note, someone stole the little alligator from the booth. Rotten thieves, may they burn...